In Summary

  • Mr Thoya is a former journalist and had been favoured for the seat due to the support he enjoys in the county.
  • The Mijikenda group controls at least 52 per cent of all the votes in the county.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho is believed to have settled on a university lecturer to be his running mate.

That means he has dropped County Executive Francis Thoya who had been touted as a favourite for the post.

Mr Joho’s handlers told the Saturday Nation that Mr Thoya’s selection had been reversed after intense lobbying by a group close to the governor who preferred Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) lecturer William Kingi.

KATANA LEAVES ODM

Some powerful individuals - who Mr Thoya is said to have rubbed the wrong way - are said to have pushed for his replacement.

Dr Kingi is the university’s Dean of the School of Business and also the Jumuia ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) secretary.

JKP is an economic bloc bringing together all the six Coast counties.

Mr Joho’s Deputy Governor, Ms Hazel Katana, ditched ODM to join the Jubilee Party.

She is now eyeing the Mombasa senatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket.

ANNOUNCEMENT DATE
Yesterday, the Mombasa Director of Communications, Mr Richard Chacha, said he was not aware of the change that led to Mr Thoya being dropped.

“I have not been told anything by either the Governor or anybody else. What I know is announcing a running mate is the governor’s prerogative.

"I am sure he will make the announcement of whom he has settled on in due course,” Mr Chacha said.

Sources within the governor’s administration hinted that Mr Joho would make the announcement in less than a week.

Mr Thoya, who served as Lands Executive before being promoted to County Secretary, had been picked out of three frontrunners; Dr Kingi and Education and Children Executive Tendai Lewa Mtana.

MIJIKENDA

Mr Thoya is a former journalist and had been favoured for the seat due to the support he enjoys in the county.

Like Ms Katana, Mr Thoya hails from the Mijikenda group that controls at least 52 per cent of all the votes in the county.

So are Dr Kingi and Mr Mtana.

Mr Joho, a Muslim, has been keen on naming a Christian as his running mate to promote religious harmony in the cosmopolitan county.

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